More rugby experts slams IRB/Referees


There seems to be no respite for the IRB as opinions from respected rugby experts slamming the organisation and its referees continues to dominate Rugby World Cup headlines.

Nick Mallet – New Zealand Herald

The International Rugby Board “couldn’t market a piss up in a brewery” and needs to be overhauled following the Rugby World Cup, former Springbok coach Nick Mallet said.

Mallet said the administration of the IRB was fundamentally flawed and it’s leaders were out of touch.

IRB chief executive Mike Miller’s comments that the All Blacks were replaceable following the NZRU’s threat to pull them from the 2015 World Cup were a case in point, he said.

“I mean someone so out of touch with rugby as it is, could make a comment like that, he has no appreciation.”

He said the attempted censure of Samoan tweeter Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu and the $10,000 fines against the Tuilagi brothers for wearing branded mouthguards were “crazy”.

Fresh leadership from outside the Old Boys’ Club of rugby administration was needed, he said.

Mallet, who coached the Italian team at this year’s Rugby World Cup, was speaking at an Ernst & Young World Cup lunch yesterday.

His Italian team defeated France 22-21 in Rome in March, and Mallet has spent a number of years coaching French teams, including Stade Francais.

He said the mindset of the French rugby player rendered Les Bleus previous 37-17 defeat to the All Blacks in pool play irrelevant.

“They didn’t really care. They knew they were going to finish second, they had no problem with that.

“It’s not about the jersey as much for them. It’s about emotion, and what they’ve got inside them, what they really badly feel at that moment.”

Mallet said he thought the All Blacks would win, but the game would be decided by only around 10 points.

When the French played Australia in the 1999 final they used dirty play in an attempt to unsettle the Wallabies, he said.

“But that was right at the end of the amateur era…I think they realise now that you just going to get a yellow or red car.”

He was confident the French team would rise to the occasion: “They do love theatre. And this is the greatest theatre of all”.

Laurie Mains – New Zealand Herald & Sport24

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, former All Black coach Laurie Mains has admitted to being alarmed by the inferior standard of refereeing at the Rugby World Cup.

“I’ve been appalled by the refereeing, especially how they have decided games with scrum penalties,” Mains said.

Mains said that it had gotten to a state where guesswork could influence decisions.

“Games have been won and lost from scrum penalties when the wrong decision was made. You should not have a situation in rugby where games are won and lost by the referee’s guess,” he said.

Mains said the thing that concerned him most were the grey area that the scrum had become, the inconsistency in the rulings and unnecessary penalties.

“A lot of times when penalties were awarded, I couldn’t tell who was at fault. There was no way that the referee knew. It should have been a reset scrum.”

Mains, the last coach to take New Zealand to a World Cup final in 1995, was confident, though that New Zealand would beat France in the final, and gave Jerome Kaino his vote of confidence for player of the tournament.

Mains took a pot-shot at fellow New Zealander Bryce Lawrence when he admitted that he would have preferred a final with Wales or South Africa, teams he thought were taken out of the tournament by bad refereeing decisions.

“I would have felt a lot better about winning the World Cup if Wales or South Africa had been the other team in the final,” Mains said.
“They would have been worthy opponents for the All Blacks.”

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  1. So even Mains agrees the Frogs won’t
    be worthy opponents.
    Not sure about Wales after I saw them
    against the OZmob today.
    Kiwis are just in a class all by themselves.

  2. Reply to Boertjie @ 7:55 pm:

    Oom, I can tell you from a similar (not same level of course) experience that a 3rd/4th place play-off is the worst shit any rugby administrator could ever have come up with.

    You just want to go home to your family, and no ‘bronze’ medal will compensate for losing a semi and chance at glory.

    I would not judge either team on today’s match.

    (BTW remember RWC1999 and SA/NZ 3rd and 4th place play offs – SA killed NZ who were still gutted from their loss to France)

  3. I watched the game last night with a bunch of Kiwis. There was a typical miserable, SA-hating Kiwi in the bunch who went on about how disgusting the South Africans have been about Bryce Lawrence’s refereeing. He claimed that as a neutral he thought that it was all fair…….and then went on to claim that it was also justifeid anyway because of some bad refereeing on the AB’s tour in ’76. Go figure! laughawie:

  4. Reply to Morné @ 7:24 pm: For all the wrong reasons…like the Crusaders Sharks game there was absolutley no reason Bryce should have cheated, the Crusaders were always going to win.

    I always knew the AB’s would be in the final but it was not necessary for the fixers to remove any of the serious challengers as the AB’s are a cut above the rest.

    Reply to mawm @ 12:23 am: only one lucky you. Try watching rugby with Australians, at least half would have a major issue with you been a saffa. The difference is the Kiwi would be willing to trade some blood :JT:

  5. Reply to Morné @ 7:24 pm:

    It’s a pity… because up until the 1/4’s I could honestly say ‘this is the best RWC I’ve ever witnessed’…

    Aus 2003 still goes down as being the best ever…

  6. Next Springbok coach does not think France has a chanc.

    I wish he wouldn’t be so coy and tell the readers what he really thinks

    I hope he is wrong. The French team’s dramas and infighting is like an episode of MTV Jersey Shore or the Jerry Springer show. Love it.

  7. Reply to mawm @ 12:23 am:

    Strange how some prosper with their bitterness.
    We have many of them in the Cape.

    Anyway, that oaf is probably too young to know
    anything about the 3rd Test in 1981. Never mind
    1956, when Craven even threatened to bring the
    Boks home.

  8. mawm@5 hope said something 2 him, like ”of cos u right doll, the world press and every one who is not a kiwi is wrong” and then just looked at him with disdain and contempt. oh and then you must obviously turn your back on him a show subject closed

  9. The Protea squad that will be
    routed by the OZmob:

    Proteas Test squad:
    Graeme Smith (Cape Cobras, captain), AB de Villiers (Titans, vice-captain), Hashim Amla (Dolphins), Mark Boucher (Cape Cobras), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Paul Harris (Titans), Imran Tahir (Dolphins), Jacques Kallis (Cape Cobras), Morne Morkel (Titans), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Ashwell Prince (Warriors), Jacques Rudolph (Titans), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Warriors)

    Biff still trying “to find his feet” so to say
    after his honeymoon with that pretty cookie.

    Boucher has simply lost his feet.